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7 Ways To Hang Wreaths On Windows

by - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

When you think of a house decorated for Christmas, what image comes to mind? For me, it's one with twinkling white lights, the house covered in a dusting of snow, with wreaths hanging in every window and a wreath on the front door. It begs the question - how to hang wreaths on exterior windows? Hanging Christmas wreaths is not an easy task and definitely one you want to get right the first time and do once.

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Our Colonial-style house is begging to be decorated in just this way, but when we tried to get the wreaths hung in the windows this past weekend, we were unsure of the best way to do it. How to hang Christmas wreaths on exterior windows is not something I knew how to do instinctively. You can hang a wreath on your front door using a wreath hanger but that method won't work on windows.

What kind of hook or adhesive to you use and will it last throughout the holiday season? Do Command strips work on glass windows? How do you hang wreaths without damaging your window or frame? Read on because I found the answers!

How to Hang Wreaths on Windows

I hopped on my Instagram stories and asked how to hang wreaths on windows and there were lots of helpful ideas which I wanted to share here in in case you are having the same dilemma. After some trial and error, we found the best way to hang outdoor Christmas wreaths is subjective. It will depend on the type of window you have and the method you use to secure the wreath.

Before you select a method, consider these questions:

What size wreath do I need for my windows? 

Opt for a wreath with a diameter that is 1/2 to 2/3 the width of your window and no more than half the height of your windows. 20" wreaths or 24" wreaths tend to work on most windows. Also consider the weight of the wreath. Anything that is too heavy or has too many decorations on it will require more support to stay on your window.

    How do vinyl windows differ from wood windows?

    Unlike wood windows where you can poke or nail things right into the window frame, you'll want to use a damage-free method with vinyl windows. You don't want to ruin the integrity of your windows. 

    How to hang wreaths on windows with screens?

    Removing the window screens will make the task of hanging wreaths much easier. It will also make the wreaths more visible and attractive, without screens behind them. However, if you cannot remove your screens, consider hammering in a nail on the exterior of your wood window frame, then use a wide ribbon to hang the wreath from that nail. 

    Once the wreath is hung, I would also suggest that from inside the house, you weave floral wire through the screen mesh and through the top of the wreath and bottom of the wreath, to hold the wreath in place. This way, the wreath won't sway in the wind and brush back and forth and potentially rip the screen.

    Where to hang wreaths on windows?

    There is no set standard of where to hang a wreath on a window. It can be on the top half, along the middle, or on the bottom half of the window. It's whatever you prefer. However, you should hang all your wreaths at the same height on your windows and centred on the pane. 

    Also, don't hang them too high or too low so that they collide with the window frame - aim for the centre of the wreath to fall 1/3 of the way down from the top or 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. The best place to hang a wreath is where the back of the wreath will sit flat against the window.

    Ultimately, the method you use depends on the type of windows you have so read through for 7 different methods of hanging wreaths on window glass - and find out which one I recommend as the best way of how to hang Christmas wreaths on outside windows. 

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    7 Ways To Hang Wreaths On Windows:

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    Method 1: For Top Down or Double Hung Window - Hang Wreath With Ribbon

    Use this method if yours is a double hung window which opens from the top down:
    • Take a 4'-5' length of waterproof ribbon (at least 2.5" wide looks great). Use a pretty ribbon as it will be visible from the outside and inside of your home.
    • Put one end of the piece of ribbon through the wreath, bring the ends together, and tie a knot near the end. 
    • Lower the top window sash and, still holding to the knot end, lower the wreath over the top of the window on the outside. 
    • Raise the window sash. The knot will prevent the wreath from falling to the ground. You might need to play with the placement of the knot in order to get the wreath to land at the desired height on the window.
    Example from Smart Girls DIY

    Method 2: For Bottom Up or Single Hung Window - Floral Wire Loop and Knot

    This method is essentially the same as Method 1 but instead of ribbon, you use floral wire. If your window opens from the bottom up, you will need an extra pair of hands to help with this method:
    • Take a 4' length of floral wire
    • Put one end of the floral wire through the wreath and bring the ends of the wire together
    • From inside, have someone lift open the bottom window a few inches. From outside the window, slide the two floral wire ends through the small crevice behind the top window. Have the person inside grab the floral wire ends.
    • While still holding the wire ends in one hand, push down and close the window with the other hand
    • Secure the wire ends inside somehow. One method is to put a pushpin on the top of the bottom window and wrap the wires around the pin

    Method 3: Suction Cup With Hook

    Affix a large suction cup hook to the window. Vacuum suction cups or suction cup hooks specifically designed to hold wreaths will work the best. Make sure the hook you use is rated to use for the weight of your wreath. You can also use this method to hang wreaths on glass doors or on other surfaces indoors. For instance, use a suction cup hook to hang a wreath on a mirror like we did over our fireplace.

    Method 4: Magnetic Wreath Hangers

    You can use this method for hanging a wreath on a single pane window or hanging a wreath on a metal door. If you don't want to put a nail into your door, or use a 3M hook, consider using Magnetic wreath hangers. For use on a window, you will need a two-pack of magnetic wreath hangers; put magnetic hooks on each side of your glass window and hang your wreath on the outside.

    Method 5: Fishing Line 

    If you have shutters on either side of the window, one possible solution is to tie clear fishing line onto one shutter, take the open end of the wire and loop it through the frame of the wreath, and secure that end to the shutter on the other side. Ensure that the fishing line is nice and taught and will bear the weight of the wreath. The clear fishing line won't be visible behind your wreath

    Method 6: Adjustable Tension Rod

    Another idea is to use an adjustable tension rod that is the same colour as your window trim, and whose length is slightly longer than the width your window. Place the rod in front of the window, across the middle where the upper window sash meets the bottom sash. As the rod is the same colour as your window trim, it will be less noticeable. Adjust the rod so that it sits securely against the side jambs, or against the window brick. Secure the wreath to the rod with wire or zip ties. Here's an example of a wreath hanging off of a ribbon wrapped around a tension rod.

    Method 7: 3M Outdoor Large Wreath Hook (RECOMMENDED METHOD!)

    This is the method we ended up using and by far, it is the best way to hang wreaths on windows. But we made an early mistake and you can learn from my errors!

    Initially, we had tried these 3M Command Large Wreath Hooks but they kept falling down. Then I received a helpful tip to clean the window with rubbing alcohol before applying the hook and that seemed to do the trick. We followed the instructions, giving the hook time to adhere before we attached the wreath. We've had a few days of below freezing temperatures and strong wind gusts and the outdoor Command hooks are still holding.

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    There are lots of different 3M Command hooks and you want to make sure you get the right ones that:
    • are marked for OUTDOOR use. There are similar looking ones that are for use only indoors 
    • are CLEAR so that you can keep them up on your windows all year round if you want to
    • are the right size for the weight of your wreath. Use the LARGE size for wreaths up to 4 lb and the MEDIUM size for wreaths up to 2 lb

    2020 UPDATE: The 3M Command Wreath Hooks have stayed up all through the winter of 2017 to 2020! We did not remove the hooks from the windows between seasons. Because they are clear, we don't the visible hook that noticeable so we've just kept them up for the next year (and to be honest, we don't want to be up on tall ladders every year re-affixing these hooks!). Here's a front view of our house in summer... you don't even notice the hooks.

    Final Tip: How to Re-Hang Wreaths on Upstairs Windows

    After removing our wreaths after Christmas, the next year we discovered the easiest way to hang wreaths on the existing hooks on the second floor windows without having to get up on a ladder... just lift up the bottom sash, and from inside the house, reach to the outside and hang the wreath on the hook. Of course, this will only work if your hook is already on the window. If you do have to get up on a ladder, just ensure that your wreath is 'ready to go' and all branches have been fluffed, bows attached etc. before you climb up.

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    We have to finish the rest of our exterior Christmas decorations (now how to hang a garland over the door??) and string up Christmas lights but our house is looking festive already!

    Disclosure: This post prepared in partnership with I am a member of the Associates Program and will share product ideas throughout the year. This post contains affiliate links.

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